Private investigator Thomas Martin is quoted in this article about online dating and privacy: How giving out your phone number can be a bad idea.
“Predators know where to find prey,” says Thomas G. Martin, private investigator and former federal agent with the U.S. Department of Justice. “To a con artist, dating sites are a huge pool of potential marks putting themselves out there, looking for love [and] sometimes a little too willing to suspend disbelief and common sense.”
Keep your cell phone number to yourself. “The new Social Security number … is your cell number,” said Thomas Martin, president of Martin Investigative Services and author of “Seeing Life Through Private Eyes.” Your smartphone “is a gateway to your living room to your bedroom, to your life.”
I gave my cell number to private investigator Thomas Martin, a former federal agent and now president of Martin Investigative Services in Newport Beach, Calif., and asked him to do his thing. A few days later a three-pound, 150-plus-page dossier arrived at my front door via FedEx. Martin didn’t trust regular mail given the nature of what it contained, which was tons of my private information.
“We didn’t even scratch the surface,” Martin told me later. He also made a point of telling me that I was “cleaner than a Safeway chicken.”
Many easily turn over their cellphone number to social media, retail and other companies without thinking twice.
Yes it is – a person’s cellphone number is the new social security number, according to Thomas G. Martin, President of Martin Investigative Services and former agent with the Federal Department of Justice.
Thomas G. Martin, founder of Martin Investigative Services, appeared on Business Insanity Talk Radio with Barry Moltz to discuss financial infidelity and financial ignorance, and what spouses can do to protect themselves from financial ignorance.
What’s a typical day like?
A typical day for me can be spent dealing with locating friends and family, performing surveillance on cheating spouses, providing advice on personal and corporate security or investigating on artist and business scams.
Not everybody needs an attorney or thinks their mate is cheating on them. I’m hoping that people will read the three or four chapters that pertain to them at this particular point in their lives.
Private investigator Tom Martin is based in Southern California, but his work frequently brings him to Las Vegas.
“We get hired by people who get hurt coming in on I-15, or people who get hurt in the hotels,” said Martin, 50. Sometimes, he mentions, he is hired by the party who gets sued by a deceptive person just claiming to be hurt.
The new haircut and polished shoes of today’s job applicant may be hiding a past of thievery and folly. Thomas G. Martin, founder of Martin Investigative Services, helps employers find that out before they hire.